Historic bus returns to the Isle of Wight

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A former Southern Vectis bus returned to the island on Friday 30th October. The 1953 Bristol double decker has joined the IW Bus and Coach Museum’s collection, having been donated by enthusiast Derek Priddle. It was towed from its former home in Surrey by Stag Lane Motors, who have worked closely with the Bus Museum for many years. Wightlink also provided the ferry crossings free of charge.

The bus, JDL 40, was sold by Southern Vectis in 1970 and achieved notoriety by overturning near Gatcombe in December 1954. During its 50 years on the mainland, it was used by a demolition contractor in Wales as site accommodation. When rescued by Derek Priddle in 1987, it was in use as a store shed and temporary accommodation in Dyfed.

JDL 40 is one of over 70 Bristol K type buses purchased by Southern Vectis in the late 1940s and early 1950s. It will be restored at the Bus Museum over a number of years in memory of member and benefactor John Reynolds of Binstead, who died in May 2019.

Picture shows the bus being handed over to Richard Newman, the Hon. President of the IW Bus Museum (left of picture), by Derek Priddle (right of picture). It was immediately placed in the Museum workshop to allow restoration to begin.